Monthly Archives: April 2016

Basic training instructions of WWII an Illustrated Guide: In WWII, giving basic training to soldiers was a massive and unparalleled undertaking. In 1939, the year Hitler’s Armies invaded Poland, the American military numbered 334,000 Army, Navy […]

The story of the Bloody 100th Bomb Group, by one who was there A Wing and a Prayer is the story of the 8th Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group. It was written by Harry Crosby, an […]

Operation Neptune: Images from the D-Day Invasion of Normandy: Operation Neptune was the codename for the Allied amphibious and airborne invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  It was the first phase of Operation Overlord, […]

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Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe

Posted on April 17th, 2016 by:

Varian Fry: Saving the Brains of Europe By 1940, the Jews of Europe were running out of places to go. After Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many German Jews fled to Austria to escape […]

Battle of the Eastern Solomons, View from a Japanese Dive Bomber During the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Japanese Navy Observer, Keiichi Arima had a front row seat to the third carrier battle of the Pacific […]

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Walt Disney: Animation for the War Effort

Posted on April 16th, 2016 by:

Walt Disney: Animation for the War Effort In 1942, Walt Disney was approached by the government to produce animated educational training and propaganda films for civilians and servicemen of the Armed Forces. Disney was no stranger […]

John Ford’s The Battle of Midway – A Film Made by Accident: Director John Ford was an accidental witness to one of America’s most important battles of WWII. A Commander in the Navy and later head […]

The Memphis Belle and William Wyler, the Story of the Story In 1943, Wilhelm Wyler returned to his native Germany flying at 25,000 feet in a B-17 Flying Fortress named the Memphis Belle. As a Major […]

The Battle of San Pietro: The John Huston Wartime Classic: The Battle of San Pietro Infine was fought from December 8 to December 17, 1943 as part of the Allied plan to breach the Bernhardt/Reinhard in […]

108th Construction Battalion in Normandy: The Sinews of War By Jonathan Abbott When the darkness fell in Normandy on June 6th 1944, it gave time to reflect on what had happened that day. In the East, […]

Mitsuyo Seo: Japan’s Wartime Animator: By Jonathan Abbott The beginning of 1945 was inauspicious for Japan. The first four months of the New Year saw the Empire lose Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma, Iwo Jima, and much of […]

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Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines

Posted on April 12th, 2016 by:

Marine 155mm Gun Battalions in the Philippines: The role played by two Marine 155mm Gun Battalions during the Liberation of the Philippines is a little known chapter in the colorful and hallowed story of the US […]

Lutz Heck, Nazi Scientist Brought Extinct Animals Back to Life: The Dream The aurochs, a bull that stood taller than a man was the most feared animal in the primeval forests of Ancient Germania. It had long […]

Venereal Disease in WWII: The Sad Story of Old Joe In WWII, venereal disease was a common but often unmentioned problem faced by soldiers and military commanders. From 1942-1945, the Army recorded 881,386 cases of syphilis […]

“Midnight in Broad Daylight” A Japanese American Family at War : “Midnight in Broad Daylight” by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto is a stunning new book that centers on the factual wartime experiences of Frank and Harry Fukuhara. […]

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M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend

Posted on April 9th, 2016 by:

M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend: In the years following WW1, the US Army became interested in equipping its soldiers with a self-loading rifle. In 1931, after years of competitive testing, a .276 caliber rifle […]

Greetings from the Mighty 8th Air Force: Written by Jonathan Abbott On Monday, August 17th 1942, twelve American bombers took off for Rouen, France. They were the main force of eighteen bombers sent under Royal Air […]

5th Marine Division Artilleryman on Iwo Jima: Written by Jonathan Abbott On 9:00 AM on March 26th 1945 a small strip of land in the Volcanic Islands became silent. The last major action had ended the night […]

The 90th Infantry Division in Normandy at St. Germain-sur-Seves In July 1944, the 90th Infantry Division, after a month of fighting in Normandy had lost a commanding general, seven regimental commanders and suffered over a 100% […]

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Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by:

Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was On June 7, 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on the island Kiska, part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Opposing the Japanese landing force were ten American soldiers, a few […]

Smoky the Yorkshire Terrier, an Angel from a Foxhole: In February 1944, on Nadzab, New Guinea, an American soldier of the 5th Air Force’s 26th Photo Recon Squadron stopped on a primitive road when his jeep […]


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